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Can pressure sores cause cancer?
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
4 doctors agree
In brief: Pressure sores
A small percentage of chronic ulcers can become cancerous, but this is unusual and especially so for pressure ulcerations.
Any wound that has been present for a long time that has not responded to usual forms of treatment by trained wound professionals can be considered for biopsy to be read by a trained pathologist.

In brief: Pressure sores
A small percentage of chronic ulcers can become cancerous, but this is unusual and especially so for pressure ulcerations.
Any wound that has been present for a long time that has not responded to usual forms of treatment by trained wound professionals can be considered for biopsy to be read by a trained pathologist.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. John Di Saia
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Rarely
Cancer can grow in long standing pressure wounds.
These cancers are rare. They are named marjolin's ulcers after a french man.

In brief: Rarely
Cancer can grow in long standing pressure wounds.
These cancers are rare. They are named marjolin's ulcers after a french man.
Dr. John Di Saia
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Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology
In brief: Yes but rare
They are more likely to have dead tissue or get infected but can rarely develop skin cancer.

In brief: Yes but rare
They are more likely to have dead tissue or get infected but can rarely develop skin cancer.
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
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